Parents' Guide to

Brushing Hero

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Brush teeth, defeat monsters; hero for some, not for all.

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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

Good game needs work

My daughter used to fight us to brush her teeth but now she willingly is excited to do it every morning and night. The camera has a hard time seeing her face sometimes, it’s bright in our bathroom so sometimes I have to hold it for her and move it around a bit to sense her instead of letting it sit on the counter. I wish you could have different profiles for kids to use because if one kid gets a high score, then everyone has to beat it rather than just beat their own scores which is a little sad to see. Also I wish you could change the brushing time especially. We brush our teeth for two minutes and the game is just one. We play both games in a row but we messed it up one day and it locked us out for three hours. If they could fix just the last two things I would definitely rate this game five stars because it has helped immensely. But as soon as our second and third get old enough to play we won’t be able to.

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Though parents tired of arguing with their kids about the importance of brushing their teeth may find this extra motivation appealing, it may not work for all. Brushing Hero is a cute idea and sure to appeal to kids. It's really neat to see yourself on-screen with the hero's helmet on and to see your actions affect the action on the screen. Kids may very well get their arms pumping in an effort to beat the monsters. Unfortunately, however, the timer only goes for one minute, despite the well-known recommendation to brush for at least two minutes. The three-hour wait period is a nice thought, as it's probably there to discourage kids from just wanting to play again and again and again. However, kids are forced to ignore the block and sacrifice points to play twice in a row so that they can follow the recommendation and brush for two minutes. Logistically, it can be tricky to get the device in the right place and at the right angle for it all to work well. More generally, some parents may want to think twice before they introduce a screen to yet another small ritual of their kids' lives without any embedded education about why the habit is important in the first place.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Skills: Health & Fitness : hygiene and self care
  • Pricing structure: Free (purchase additional content with $.99 in app purchase.)
  • Release date: December 12, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Superheroes
  • Publisher: LITALICO Inc.
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: July 11, 2020

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